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Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH (IPA: ) (founded 1909) is a German luxury car manufacturer. It was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach with his son Karl Maybach as director. The company was originally a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH and was itself known as "Luftfahrzeug-Motoreinbau GmbH" (literally "Airship Engine Company") until 1918. Today, the brand is owned by Daimler AG and based in Stuttgart.

Maybach has historic roots through the involvement of Wilhelm Maybach, who was the technical director of the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. The company originally developed and manufactured diesel and gas engines for Zeppelins, and then rail cars.

The company first built an experimental car in 1919, with the first production model introduced two years later at the Berlin Motor Show. Between 1921 and 1940, the company produced various classic opulent vehicles. The company also continued to build heavy duty diesel engines for marine and rail purposes.

Maybach contributed to the German war effort in World War II by producing the engines for the formidable Panther and Tiger tanks such as the Maybach HL230. After the war the factory performed some repair work, but automotive production was never restarted, and some 20 years later, the company was renamed into MTU Friedrichshafen.

In 1997, Mercedes-Benz presented at the Tokyo Motorshow a luxury concept car under the name Mercedes-Benz Maybach (V12, 5987 cc, 550 hp). Mercedes-Benz decided to develop it; however, Mercedes made the decision to market the car under the sole brand name of Maybach.

Maybach was therefore revived as a brand in the early 2000s, with the production of the new model in two sizes — the Maybach 57 and the Maybach 62. The numbers are equal to the lengths of the automobiles in decimetres. In 2005, the new 57S was added, sporting a 6.0L V12 bi-turbo engine, producing 604 bhp (450 kW) and 737 lb·ft (999 N·m) of torque, and featuring various cosmetic touches.

The company offers various options for customers to personalise their vehicles, and provides various equipment combinations.

To promote the new Maybach line, Mercedes-Benz has tapped public figures to act as brand ambassadors, including Maybach heir Ulrich Schmid-Maybach and golfer Nick Faldo.

W2 were the 5.7L inline six engines built for and ordered by Spyker. Not all were purchased, and Karl had to build cars featuring the engines to offset costs.

Around 1800 Maybachs were built before WW2.

The Maybach 57 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in about 5.1 seconds; the Maybach 62 and 57 S, about 4.8 seconds; the Maybach 62 S, 4.5 seconds, and the Landaulet, 4.5 seconds. Though not extraordinary by today's sports-car standards, such acceleration is impressive for cars weighing well over 6,000 pounds. Maybachs in general are extremely powerful: the 57 has 518 bhp (386 kW; 525 PS); the 57 S, 559 bhp (417 kW; 567 PS); the 62, 570 bhp (425 kW; 578 PS); the 62 S, 612 bhp (456 kW; 620 PS), and the Landaulet, 633 bhp (472 kW; 642 PS).

Standard features of all Maybach models include and are limited to a navigation system w/voice recognition, air conditioning w/4-zone climate controls, power rear sunshade, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, interior air filter, front and rear seat massage, 24-speaker premium sound system, power tilt/telescopic heated wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio and climate controls, power trunk open/close, voice-activated AM/FM radio w/10-disc CD changer, keyless start, heated front and rear seats, cooled front seats, power panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, premium leather upholstery, 18-way power front seats, 14-way power rear seats, heated cupholders, rearview camera, iPod adapter, wireless cell phone link, outside-temperature indicator, universal garage door opener, and night vision. Options for the Maybach 57 and 57S and standard for the Maybach 62, 62S, and Landaulet include 18-way power rear seats (replacing 14-way), 5-zone climate controls (replacing 4-zone), power side sunshades, cooled rear seats, wireless headphones, voice-activated power panoramic sunroof (replacing power panoramic sunroof), steering wheel mounted navigation controls, heated glass windows, and 30-speaker premium sound system (replacing 24-speaker).

The base price of a 2009 Maybach 57 is $344,000; the Maybach 57 S, $381,000; the Maybach 62, $394,000; the Maybach 62 S, $430,000, and the Maybach Landaulet semi convertible, just under $470,000. The Maybach 57 Zeppelin is priced at Euro 406,000 and the 62 Zeppelin at Euro 473,200. The price of used vehicles varies based on mileage, condition, and other factors.

Initially, Daimler-Chrysler predicted annual sales of 1,000 global units with 50% coming from the United States. However such lofty sales expectations never materialized. In 2007 Mercedes bought back 29 US dealers, reducing the total from 71 to 42.

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Maybach 57 and 62

Maybach 57 and 62

The Maybach 57 (chassis no. W240) and 62 (chassis no. V240) were the first automobile models of the Maybach brand since the brand's revival by DaimlerChrysler AG (now Daimler AG). They are derived from the Mercedes-Benz Maybach concept car presented at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept car was based on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. The Luxury Brand Status Index 2008 voted the Maybach 1st place, ahead of Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

DaimlerChrysler AG attempted to buy the Rolls-Royce/Bentley marque when Vickers offered the company up for sale. When this attempt failed (they were outbid by Volkswagen, and BMW later exercised an option to acquire the Rolls-Royce car brand) they introduced the Maybach as a direct challenger in 2002. Both models are variants of the same ultra-luxurious automobile. The model numbers reflect the respective lengths of the automobiles in decimetres; the 57 is more likely to be owner-driven while the longer 62 is designed with a chauffeur in mind. The engine is a Mercedes-sourced 5.5-liter twin-turbo V12, generating 405 kilowatts (550.6 PS; 543.1 hp).

On June 26, 2002, a Maybach 62 enclosed in a glass case on the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 departed from Southampton, England en route to New York with the media and company officials staying in the luxury suites on board.

The ship arrived in New York on July 2 along with geysering fireboats and a motor boat. A helicopter lifted the car off the liner and onto a dock. It was then driven to the Regent Hotel Wall Street.

The Maybach 57 is the base designation and comes with 7 spoke, 19 inch wheels.

Standard features for the Maybach 57 and 57 S include navigation system w/voice recognition, air conditioning w/4-zone climate controls, remote engine start, power sunroof, front massaging seats, power front and rear seats w/lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, rearview camera, premium sound system, 8-disc CD changer, power tilt/telescopic heated wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio and climate controls, and heated cupholders. The Maybach 62 and 62 S add on rear massaging seats, cooled rear seats, cooled cupholders, navigation controls on the steering wheel, and rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

DaimlerChrysler revealed the Maybach 57 S at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It uses a 6.0 L version of the V12 engine manufactured by Mercedes-AMG. Power output is 450 kilowatts (611.8 PS; 603.5 hp) and 738 lb·ft (1000 N·m), providing a sub-5 second sprint to 60 mph (97 km/h). It also rides 0.5 in (13 mm) lower on 20 inch (508 mm) wheels. The North American unveiling was at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006.

The S stands for "special" and not for "sport".

The Maybach 62 includes many luxury features such as fully-reclining rear seats, Maybach 4 zone climate control, tinted-windows, infrared-reflecting laminated glass all round, AirMATIC dual control air suspension, display instruments in rear roof liner (showing speed, time and outside temperature), folding rear tables (left and right), BOSE Surround Everywhere sound system and a refrigerator compartment. The Maybach 62 also includes an array of additional features such as Cockpit Management and Navigation System (COMAND), which includes DVD navigation, CD changer in rear seats, DVD players and TV tuners front and rear, two rear LCD TV screens including remote control and two sets of headphones, and automatic closing doors.

Even though the Maybach 62 has all these features included, optional extras are available. Some of these optional extras include a panoramic glass sun roof at a cost of $11,670 and an external communication system, which includes a loudspeaker and microphone system which allows the occupant in the rear of the Maybach to talk and listen to the people outside the car. This option comes at a cost of $1,780. A further option for the Maybach is a retractable electrotransparent partition screen between the driver and the rear occupants, at $23,780. The most expensive option for the Maybach is a high protection GUARD B4 Package which costs $151,810.

The Maybach 62 S appeared in November 2006 at the Auto China 2006 exhibit in Beijing. It features the same engine as the 57S, a 612 metric horsepower (450 kW) twin-turbo V12 made by Mercedes-Benz AMG.

No Brabus Maybach prices have been given yet.

The tuning firm Brabus, famous for high-performance and stylistic aftermarket modifications to Mercedes-Benz and Smart automobiles, produced a version of the 57/62 in 2004 which adds significant performance, features and style to the models. Electronically limited to a 300 km/h (186.411 miles/hour) speed limit, these large vehicles produce 1,026 N·m (757 ft·lbf) torque and accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds.

This makes the Brabus Maybach arguably the fastest super-luxury motorcar in the world, a trend which was started in 1968 by the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3.

The Maybach 62 Landaulet, based on the Maybach 62S, revives the classic landaulet car body style, which was popular in the 1920s and 30s. Powered by the 62S's 612 horsepower (456 kW) biturbo V12, the Landaulet's front seats are fully enclosed and separated from the rear passenger compartment by a power divider window. Back seat passengers get a sliding soft roof that lets them take in the sun from the comfort of the back seats. The chauffeur's area is finished in black leather, while the rear is done in all white with piano black and gold-flecked black granite inserts. Also, the opacity of the glass partition separating the driver from the passengers can be electronically controlled.

Maybach publicly unveiled the Landaulet at the Middle East International Auto Show around the end of November 2007 as a concept car. It has recently been confirmed that the car will go into limited production .

Maybach will reveal the "Zeppelin" on the upcoming Geneva motor show as a additional luxury package that can be ordered on both the Maybach 57 and 62. The name "Zeppelin" was also used for the pre-war models Maybach DS7 and Maybach DS8. The package will consist out of special California beige leather with Stromboli-black stitching, piano black lacquer finishes and silver "Zeppelin" champagne glasses. Next to the interior changes the exterior has exclusive 20" chrome wheels and dark-red taillights. The engine is the "standard" 6.0L V12 Twin-Turbo with 640bhp (which is 28bhp more than the S versions).

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Maybach Foundation

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The Foundation has garnered famous supporters, many of whom credit mentoring with making a difference in their lives , including Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Paolo Coelho, Quincy Jones, and Leroy Neiman.

The Maybach Foundation receives funding from multiple sources, including the Maybach Family. The Foundation seeks most of its funding from donors and corporate partnerships from around the globe, including Daimler AG, the Maybach brand, and Silverstein Properties.

In honor of his great-grandfather and grandfather, Maybach heir Ulrich Schmid-Maybach formed the Wilhelm and Karl Maybach Foundation. Wilhelm Maybach, an orphan, was mentored by Gottlieb Daimler, a design teacher who saw talent in Maybach. That mentor/protégé pair went on to become two of the greatest names in automotive history. Later, Wilhelm working with his son Karl, would similarly make history with their design, invention and engineering achievements.

The Foundation marks each mentorship with a specific project that falls within a sector of interest. The four general sectors of interest for the Foundation are science and research; art, design and architecture; community and ethics; and business and technology.

A talented individual from an adverse background is given training in his field, as well as training in leadership skills. Sector: Community and Ethics Protégé: Sbu Duma of South Africa Mentors: Various renowned polo players from around the globe.

Doctors in Africa are given training and education, as well as competitive salaries, to encourage them to stay in Uganda fighting AIDS. Sector: Science and Research. Protégé: Dr. Muzoora Conrad of South Africa. Mentor: Dr. David Bangsberg .

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Wilhelm Maybach

Wilhelm Maybach (February 9, 1846 – December 29, 1929) was an early German engine designer and industrialist. During the 1890s he was hailed in France, then the world centre for car production, as the "King of constructors".

From the late 19th century Willhelm Maybach, together with Gottlieb Daimler, developed light, high-speed internal combustion engines suitable for land, water and air use. These were fitted to the world's first motorcycle, motorboat and, after Daimler's death, to a new automobile introduced in late 1902, the Mercedes model, built to the specifications of Emil Jellinek.

Maybach rose to become technical director of the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft, also known as Daimler Motor Company or DMG, but he did not get on well with its chairmen. As a result Maybach left DMG in 1907 to found Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH together with his son Karl in 1909, manufacturing Zeppelin engines. After the signing of the Versailles Treaty in 1919 the company started producing large luxury vehicles, branded as Maybach. This continued until the company joined the German war effort in 1940, ceasing automotive production in favour of engines for the Panzer and Tiger tanks.

In 1998 Daimler-Benz merged with Chrysler Corporation to become DaimlerChrysler. The new company revived the Maybach brand name as a luxury make in 2002.

Wilhelm Maybach was born in Heilbronn in 1846, the son of a carpenter and his wife, Luise, from the town of Heilbronn. He had five sisters. When he was eight years old the family moved from Löwenstein near Heilbronn to Stuttgart. His mother died in 1856 and his father in 1859.

After his relatives published an announcement in a newspaper, the Stuttgarter Anzeiger, a philanthropic institution or Bruderhaus, at Reutlingen, took in Maybach as a student. Its founder and director, Gustav Werner, discovered Maybach's technical inclination and personally helped to stimulate his career by sending him to the school's engineering workshop. At fifteen years old (1861), Maybach was heading for a career in Industrial design and took extra classes in physics and mathematics at Reutlingen's public high-school.

By the time he was nineteen years old, he was a qualified designer, working on stationary engines and coming the attention of his workshop manager, Gottlieb Daimler. Daimler was a workaholic industrial designer then twenty-nine years old and until his death (at Cannstatt), in 1900, he adopted Maybach as his main assistant.

In 1869, Maybach then twenty-three years old, followed Daimler to Maschinenbau-Gesellschaft Karlsruhe AG in Karlsruhe, a manufacturer of heavy locomotives. Daimler was on the Executive Committee but they spent long nights discussing new designs for engines, pumps, lumber machinery, and metalworking.

In 1872, Daimler moved to Deutz-AG-Gasmotorenfabrik, in Cologne, then the world's largest manufacturer of stationary gas engines. Nikolaus Otto, its half owner, and Daimler together focused on engine development with Maybach joining them, as Chief Designer.

In 1876, Nikolaus Otto patented the Four-stroke cycle engine, a gas internal combustion engine with intake, compression, power, and exhaust strokes. This is now known as the "Otto cycle" in his honor. Later Otto's patent on this engine was challenged and overturned.

Also in 1876, Maybach was sent to show Deutz's engines at the Philadelphia World's Fair (USA). On returning to Cologne in 1877, at the age of thirty-one years, he concentrated on improving the Four-Stroke design to get it ready for its impending commercial launch.

In 1878, Maybach (now thirty-two) married Bertha Wilhelmine Habermaas a friend of Daimler's wife, Emma Kunz. Her family members were landowners in Maulbronn and also ran a post-office. On July 6, 1879 Karl Maybach was born, the first of their three sons.

Gottlieb Daimler and Nikolaus Otto had serious disagreements which resulted, in 1880, with Daimler leaving Deutz-AG. Daimler received 112.000 Goldmark in Deutz-AG shares as compensation for patents granted to him and Maybach. Maybach shortly after also left and followed his friend to found a new company in Cannstatt.

In 1882, Maybach (36 years) moved to Southern Germany, to the upmarket suburb of Taubenheimstrasse in Cannstatt, Stuttgart where Daimler had purchased a house with 75,000 Goldmark from his Deutz compensation. In its garden they added a brick extension to the roomy glass-fronted summerhouse which became their workshop.

Their activities alarmed the neighbours who suspected they were engaged in counterfeiting and, in their absence, the police raided the property using the gardener's key, but found only engines.

In 1884, Maybach's second son, Adolf was born.

Daimler baptized it the Grandfather Clock (Standuhr) because of its resemblance to an old pendulum clock.

In November 1885, Daimler installed a smaller version into a wooden bicycle, creating the first motorcycle, (patent 36-423 - Vehicle with gas or petroleum engine) and Maybach drove it 3 kilometers from Cannstatt to Untertürkheim, reaching 7.5 mph (12 km/h). It became known as the Reitwagen.

In March 8, 1886, the inventors took a stagecoach built by Wilhelm Wimpff & Sohn secretly inside the house, telling the neighbours that it was a birthday gift for Mrs. Daimler. But, in fact, Maybach supervised the installation into it of an enlarged 1.5 hp Grandfather Clock engine and belt drive to the wheels. The vehicle reached 10 mph (15 km/h) when tested on the road to Untertürkheim.

By 1887 they were licensing their first patents abroad, and Maybach represented the company at the great Paris' World Design Exhibition (1886 to 1889).

Sales increased, mostly from the Neckar motorboat. So, in June 1887, Daimler bought land in the Seelberg Hills of Cannstatt. The workshop was some distance from the town on Ludwig Route 67, because Cannstatt's Mayor objected to the presence of the workshop in the town. It covered 2,903 square meters and cost 30,200 Goldmark. They initially employed twenty-three people. Daimler managed the commercial issues and Maybach the design department.

In 1889 they built their first automobile to be designed in its entirety rather than an adaptation of a stagecoach. It was publicly launched by both inventors in Paris in October 1889.

The resources were scant to keep the business going as neither the selling of engines nor the worldwide proceeds from their patent were yielding enough. Fresh capital was injected by bringing in the financiers Max von Duttenhofer and William Lorenz, former munitions makers, who were associated with the influential Kilian von Steiner owner of a German investment bank, and in the process taking the company public.

In 1890, Daimler and Maybach together founded the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft, Daimler Motor Company, DMG for short, which was dedicated to the construction of small high speed internal combustion engines for land, water, or air transport use with Maybach as Chief Designer. After spending long hours debating which fuel was best to use in Otto's Four-Stroke engine, which had normally used town gas as a fuel, they turned to petroleum which until then had been used mainly as a cleaner and sold in pharmacies.

The company's re-foundation took place on November 28, 1890. This has been regarded as a "devil pact" by some German historians, as the following decade was chaotic for Daimler and Maybach. DMG continued to expand, however, selling engines from Moscow to New York, and additional stationary engine making capacity was added, but the belief continued that automobile production wouldn't be profitable. The new chairmen also planned to merge DMG and Deutz-AG, in spite of Gottlieb's disagreement with Nikolaus Otto.

Daimler and Chief Engineer Maybach preferred to produce automobiles and reacted against Duttenhofer and Lorenz in particular. Maybach, now aged forty-five, was rejected as a member of the Board of Management and left the company on February 11, 1891, continuing his design work from his own house financed by Gottlieb Daimler and, from late 1892, from the former Hermann Hotel's ballroom and Winter Garden where he employed twelve workers and five paid for by Daimler.

Some of these cars gained first place in the petrol engine category in the first auto race in history, the Paris to Rouen 1894.

Maybach's creations are considered some of the finest of the second half of the 19th century. His inventions became indispensable for any model by any automaker in the World. He became recognised as the backbone of France's early automobile industry where he was hailed as the "King of Constructors".

Daimler was forced out of his post as Technical Director at DMG resigning in 1893 which damaged DMG's prestige. However, in 1894, a British industrialist, Frederick Simms, purchased for 350,000 marks the rights to the Phoenix engine and so stabilised the companies finances, but also made it a condition that Daimler was re-employed. In 1895 DMG assembled its 1,000th engine, and Maybach returned also, as Chief Engineer, obtaining 30,000 Goldmark worth of shares through his original contract with Gottlieb Daimler.

Around this time though Maybach suffered two setbacks. His teenage second son, Adolf, suffered a Schizophrenia attack and spent the rest of his life in various mental institutions (In 1940 he was murdered by the Nazis as part of the Euthanasia Program). Also, in 1900, Gottlieb Daimler died of heart disease.

Its engine was baptized Daimler-Mercedes (Spanish for mercy) after Mercedes Jellinek the ten year old daughter of Emil Jellinek a successful Austrian dealer and racing driver on the French Riviera who greatly admired Maybach's work. Jellinek had promised to buy a large shipment, of 36 automobiles, for 550,000 Goldmark if Maybach, now fifty-four, could design a great race car for him following his specifications.

Jellinek stipulated that the engine should be named Daimler-Mercedes and DMG agreed to this because in France its name was already used as a trademark for their engines used by Panhard & Levassor.

The prototype was finally finished in December 1900 and, in 1901 went on to have a string of racing successes. European high society also bought the car in large numbers making it the commercial success that convinced the compnmay directors there was a future in automobiles. Production increased greatly and DMG rapidly increased in size and number of employees. DMG officially registered the Mercedes (car) trademark in June 1902.

But, again, DMG demoted him to an insignificant "Inventor's Office" causing him again to leave the company in 1907 when sixty-one years old. DMG replaced him with Paul Daimler. In that very same year, the German Engineers Association (VDI) recognized Wilhelm Maybach as an honorary member.

In the year 1900, Maybach had had his first contact with Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin who sought to improve the engines of the Zeppelin-LZ1 airship. Maybach built some engines for him based on sketches of a 150 hp unit created by his son, Karl, while at DMG.

In 1908, Count Zeppelin attempted to sell his models LZ3 and LZ4 to the government but LZ4 suffered a catastrophe on August 5 when its engines failed, and in attempting an emergency landing at Echterdingen exploded against a row of trees. This was far from being the end for the airship project as Germans spontaneously donated 6.25 million Goldmark and Count Zeppelin founded the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH company the builder of Zeppelin Airships.

Maybach had to hold off joining the new company for a while as he was still in litigation with DMG so Karl took his place. In March 23, 1909, a deal was finally signed, creating an engine subsidiary to Luftschiffbau Zeppelin at Bissingen/Enz, in Württemberg. Wilhelm Maybach was Technical Assistant and Karl was Technical Manager. Their first designs reached 20 m/s (72000 m/h - 72 km/h or 0.0124742 mps (miles/seconds) - 44.73873 mph).

Wilhelm Maybach moved the company to Friedrichshafen and renamed it Luftfahrzeug-Motoren-GmbH with father and son holding 20% of the shares with an arrangement for Karl to inherit. They kept supplying Zeppelin, but worked on other airship engines too. In 1912, the company finally adopted the name Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH (Maybach engine construction company). During the war, in 1916, they developed a 160 hp aircraft engine which sold 2000 units before the end of the conflict. That same year, Wilhelm Maybach (seventy) was honoured by the Technical University of Stuttgart with an Honorary Doctorate.

After the first world war, the Versailles Treaty of 1919 prohibited airship production in Germany so Maybach was forced to turn to making high-speed diesel engines for naval and railroad use, and petrol engines for automobiles, but not complete automobiles.

Many of the small automakers in Germany built their own engines for cost reasons and only the Dutch Spyker company was interested in taking Maybach engines. Wilhelm Maybach, now aged seventy-four turned down the contract because he could not agree to its conditions. Instead, he opted to build complete automobiles and from 1921, the factory began to produce Maybach limousines.

It was produced until 1928, selling 300 units mostly with sedan bodies; the two-seat sport version was less successful. The Maybach W5 followed, with top speed increased to 135 km/h (84 mph), with 250 sold 1927 and 1929.

Only a few dozen were sold due to the German postwar economic crisis. In 1930, its successor the DS7-Zeppelin also featured a 12 cylinder engine of 7 liters.

In August 1929, the Zeppelin LZ-127 used five Maybach-V12 petrol engines of 550 hp (410 kW) each.

Ironically, neither Wilhelm nor Karl owned a Maybach automobile.

By 1924 DMG was suffering from the post war economic crisis and under pressure from the banks, it began the process that would result in a merger with Karl Benz's Benz & Cie., Rheinische Gasmotorenfabrik Mannheim in 1926 to form Daimler-Benz AG.

Wilhelm Maybach died at the age of 83 in Stuttgart on December 29, 1929.

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